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Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

01-19-2008 07:23 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

To be blunt, this will be my last Porter Cable Model 333. It is my third. The only one I like was bought in 1997, and I still use it. The one I bought in 2005 is dead. The one I bought in 2007 stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I “used” to love anything about a Porter Cable tool. My first warning sign was my laminate trim router I bought in 1997, and every P-C rep I talked to denied ever hearing about the problem with the collet getting crimped onto the bit sh...

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6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

01-21-2008 05:43 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

I just bought Festool’s new 6” sander and it is truly everything as advertised. This is my first foray into Festool so I bought the package with the CT 33E dust extractor. Their dust extractors have been reviewed already on LJ so I will try to stay away from the extractor and focus on the tool. That being said, I a lot of my 5 star rating is influenced by the phenomenal dust extraction. Anybody who has done even 1 minute of sanding knows that the dust is what makes it so terri...

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If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

06-21-2008 02:19 AM by Chris | 14 comments »

Over the last couple of months both my palm sander and ROS have bit the dust; of course they were about 8 or nine years old. I received this as a fathers day gift and boy am I glad I did. I decided to try out the claims I’ve heard regarding the efficient dust collection and life of the paper, not to mention the speed that it smooths a rough surface. A couple of months back I picked up a Big Leaf Maple slab and had done nothing with it; You can see the rough saw marks in the first pi...

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Assembling the (Performax) JET 22-44 PRO 22-Inch 3-HP Drum sander.

Assembling the (Performax) JET 22-44 PRO 22-Inch 3-HP Drum sander.

09-16-2010 05:38 AM by sandhill | 14 comments »

A big box was delivered today I don’t remember the last time I was this excited; it was a very big box at that.I have to say it was packed very well so I started by doing an inventory of all the parts and to my surprise everything was there, in tact, and well documented. Did I say it was packed very well?Here are the assembly steps right out of the manual with out all the stuff that you say “what the heck are they trying to say” ??? and a few things that I found that could cause a...

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Performax 22-44 Plus Drum Sander (Part Two Nitty gritty)

Performax 22-44 Plus Drum Sander (Part Two Nitty gritty)

09-20-2010 01:45 AM by sandhill | 25 comments »

I will wrap this review up by saying I am 99.9% happy with this machine I will say the belts are a little hard to change until you get the hang of it. The machine came with 80 grit paper but I already have a planer so after testing it I took it off. I replaced it with 100 grit and that was OK for removing planer marks so I left my dimensions around 3/32+ over size. My first attempt at changing the paper was what I expected, I did not get it tight enough at the right angle or it was skewed in ...

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Convenient and Flexible

Convenient and Flexible

01-28-2008 05:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 40 comments »

(photo from: www.ridgid.com) When we first were looking for tools for our shop Rick wanted a drum sander. We asked at a store and were shown this Ridgid model which is multi-purposed. Rick was sold and we’ve never regretted the purchase. Features: belt sander (4”) spindle sander (5 sizes) tilting table Conversion Switching between the belt sander and spindle sander is really easy. It is also simple to change the sleeves for the spindle sander. Everything...

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One Smooth operator

One Smooth operator

11-21-2010 09:34 PM by pintodeluxe | 31 comments »

This has been quite an upgrade from my previous methods of sanding – hand belt sanding (never comes out at quite 90 degrees), or drum sanders on the drill press (I can never find sanding drums taller than 1-2 inches. The sander is marketed to homeowners, and small businesses and it really fills a niche. It won’t replace a random orbit sander, but it is a great compliment to any shop. I selected the Ridgid sander based on my positive experience with their tools in the past (drill p...

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Festool - tools that make me smile

Festool - tools that make me smile

02-03-2008 03:19 AM by Jim | 2 comments »

I’m a firm believer in the “get what you pay for” adage. I bought the Festool sanders and dust extracter a couple of years ago when I was bidding a project to refinish some tabletops inside a restaurant. When I realized the veneer was too thin to refinish, I persuaded the owner to simply have new tops made. I’ve since used the Festool sanders for a variety of projects and really like the way they perform. I’m all for minimizing the dust I’m likely to suc...

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Performax 10-20 Plus Review

Performax 10-20 Plus Review

03-01-2008 08:12 PM by KevinD | 25 comments »

Specs (from the manual):Max Width – 20” (2 passes)Min. Length – 2 1/4” Max Thickness – 3” Min thickness – 1/32” Drum – 5” X 10” Extruded AluminumDrum Speed – 1700 RPMDust chute – 4” Conveyor Motor – 43 in-lb. Torque, Direct Drive DCConveyor Feed Rate – 0 – 12 FPM Infinately VariableMotor (TEFC) – 1HP, 1Ph, 115V onlyNet Weight – 96 lbs. My review:I purchased one of these a week ...

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Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

09-27-2012 10:02 PM by Tennessee | 8 comments »

At first glance, you all must be saying to yourselves, “What are you thinking, Paul – these are not even in the same category.” Well, I own both of them, and after having them both on the bench for jewelry box projects and some touch-up work on guitar bodies, I found out that they both have strengths, weaknesses, and overall, I think it deserved a head-to-head contest. Agreed, the HF is thirty bucks, and the cheapest I found the Proxxon was One hundred and forty,WHEW (I got...

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